We’ve been glued for weeks. Watched Padma’s waistline gradually expand toward normal human size. Drooled a little.
The Top Chef finale is finally here. To celebrate, we chewed the fat with local contestant and hopeful winner, Stephanie Izard.
DC: Quickfire Challenge. Your favorite spots starting with sushi.
Izard: Cafe Furaibo. It’s a small BYOB with fun rolls that are way cheaper than most places.
DC: Fine dining.
Izard: Blackbird has always been my favorite.
Izard: Violet has really tasty cappuccinos and an awesome outdoor patio.
Izard: Chens has the best chicken chow fun. I call them so much it’s embarrassing.
DC: Well done! On to the, er, Elimination Challenge. If you could invite anyone to your dream dinner party, who would it be?
Izard: My grandparents. I really never got to know them.
DC: When you have dinner parties, where do you get your goods?
Izard: Chicago Food Corp (3333 North Kimball Avenue, at Henderson Street; 773-478-5566) is a great, inexpensive Korean market. I mostly go for fresh sushi fish and meat. When it’s warm, Green City Market produce is the best. I always find interesting spices at The Spice House. And when it’s cooler, Whole Foods and Stanley’s (1558 North Elston Avenue, at North Avenue; 773-276-8050) have great veggies and fruit.
DC: It’s a wrap! Good luck tomorrow. We’re all rooting for you!
Izard: Thank you!
We could just eat her up.